The PS3 (PlayStation 3) is Sony Computer Entertainments third video game console since entering the industry with their PlayStation One in 1994. Designed to have a 10 year life span due to its design the PS3 is the direct successor to the leading platform of its generation, the PlayStation 2.
Launched in November of 2006 the PS3 did not meet expectations with a weak launch lineup, difficult online presence and a high price point. Rallying to re-achieve past success Sony has drastically improved its online presence, launched many AAA titles and continues to update its firmware to provide many advanced features.
The PS3 features a Blu-ray player, Cell processor, hard drive on every unit, Bluetooth functionality, wireless onboard and HDMI output. The design was meant to be forward thinking and a true cutting edge media and video game unit. The PS3 is considered one of the finest Blu-ray players on the market but many developers have struggled while developing games due to the complex design.